uhlan

uhlan

[oo-lahn, yoo-luhn]
noun
1.
one of a group of lancers in a light-cavalry unit, first appearing in Europe in the Polish army.
2.
one of such a group as later developed into heavy cavalry in western European armies, especially in Germany.
Also, ulan.


Origin:
1745–55; < German < Polish ulanTurkish oğlan boy, lad

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To Uhlan
Collins
World English Dictionary
uhlan or ulan (ˈuːlɑːn, ˈjuːlən, ˈuːlɑːn, ˈjuːlən)
 
n
history a member of a body of lancers first employed in the Polish army and later in W European armies
 
[C18: via German from Polish ulan, from Turkish ōlan young man]
 
ulan or ulan
 
n
 
[C18: via German from Polish ulan, from Turkish ōlan young man]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

uhlan
"cavalryman," 1753, from Ger. Uhlan, from Pol. ulan "a lancer," from Turk. oghlan "a youth." For sense evolution, cf. infantry.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Nearby Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature